I’ve established, to a painfully detailed degree I imagine, that I lean towards introversion. Also, I work pretty much full time, so I spend a lot of time at my desk in front of my computer. I also spend a large part of the day on the telephone for work, which means I don’t often talk to friends. All of these factors surely contribute to the fact that for a long time email has been my preferred way to communicate with most people.
It’s not a surprise, then, that I’ve followed the explosion of social media in the last several years. I was late to join Facebook, though I’m there now. I love Twitter, and for years it has been my primary news source. I visit Pinterest and Instagram (name: lemead) regularly. I would love to connect with any of you in any of those places.
Part of why I’m eager to connect with people on Facebook, Twitter, and beyond is that I’ve made very real friendships in this virtual space. Some of my relationships that began in the ether have become an important and sustaining friendship, including time together in the real world. Aidan, Denise, and others (so many others!) have transitioned from twitter icon on my screen to people I’ve spent in-person time with. In some cases these virtureal (hat tip: Aidan) friends have met my children, and I have met theirs.
I believe it goes the other way too, by which I mean when a dear in-real-life friend (made in the days before – gasp – the internet) moves, say, to China, you can continue your closeness through virtual channels for a very long time. This applies also when your only, beloved sibling moves, say, to Jerusalem.
Have you met people in this virtual world who have become in-real-life friends? What is your favorite social network? Please let me know and I’ll pop over and follow you!
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